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Huff’s late TD sends Presbyterian past Drake

DES MOINES — Tyler Huff threw for 365 yards, and his 46-yard touchdown pass to Lawson Bachelder with a minute left capped Presbyterian’s fourth-quarter rally in a 28-24 win over Drake on Saturday.

It was the first meeting between the teams. Presbyterian will join the Pioneer Football League full time for the 2021 season.

Down 24-13 entering the fourth quarter, Brandon Thompson’s 1-yard touchdown run capped a 15-play, 97-yard drive to reduce Presbyterian’s deficit. Huff’s pass to Kiaran Turner on the two-point conversion made it 24-21 with 9:42 remaining.

The Bulldogs (2-3, 2-3) couldn’t close as they managed just 48 yards on their last three drives with the last ending on an interception to seal their fate.

Presbyterian (4-3, 4-2) was 5 of 6 on fourth-down conversions, 10 for 21 on third-down conversions, outgained Drake 443-288 in total yards and possessed the ball for nearly 37 minutes.

Keith Pearson caught 15 passes for 173 yards for Presbyterian and Bachelder caught seven passes for 145 yards.

Drake’s Hunter Wendling completed 15-of-24 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Colin Howard finished with 110 receiving yards while Cross Robinson carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards.

The Bulldog defense totaled eight sacks, led by Jake Hoper’s 3.5.

Drake closed the spring season with 2-3 record.

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